Volume 10, 1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting
Frances E. Bowen
Does Organisational Slack Stimulate the Implementation of Environmental Initiatives?
Recent research into environmental protection has begun to hint at organisational slack as an initiator and facilitator of the implementation of environmental initiatives. However, theoretical arguments can be posed to suggest that slack may or may not stimulate environmental initiatives. This paper explores these theoretical arguments, and provides an empirical test of the relationships between organisational slack and various types of environmental initiative. The paper concludes that organisational slack facilitates clean technology, and environmental initiatives based at the site or local level. Organisational slack does not stimulate waste reduction efforts or other initiatives undertaken as part of a proactive corporate environmental strategy.